In a fairly quiet month for new releases as we approach the summer, our view on the strongest films this month comprise an unlikely spy comedy and two powerful and gripping documentaries about vastly different subjects.
A Melissa McCarthy comedy isn’t generally my idea of a good time, but this smart spy comedy from Paul Feig allows McCarthy to deliver a fairly understated performance, with the plethora of strong performers (including Jason Statham, Rose Byrne and Jude Law) around her bringing the more outlandish portrayals. Very funny and very enjoyable
The follow up to the groundbreaking ‘The Act of Killing‘ takes a look at the same issues of the Indonesian killings in the mid 60’s, but this time the documentary views the conflict from the side of the victims, leading to a disturbing and difficult, but ultimately important piece of viewing.
Alex Gibney’s compelling look at the Church of Scientology shines a light on a secretive and sinister organisation, featuring interviews with former members that serve to highlight the dangers of blind faith. An outstanding documentary and the best film of the month.